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Tutorial: How to photograph insects.
Tutorial: How to photograph insects.

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Challenge: Photo Tutorial (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Mt. Pearl, NL, Canada
Date: Jul 17, 2011
Aperture: F/20
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2011

My quest to get better at photographing insects/bugs. To make it easier, I'm trying with slow moving bugs - rather than cooling them down in the fridge.

The tutorial was a big help //www.popphoto.com/how-to/2008/12/how-to-photograph-insects?page=0,1.

Some things I did: captured RAW, converted to jpeg; cropped, rotated, increased saturation, sharpened, resized.

Used off camera flash with natural light.

Released the snail back into the garden.

Place: 8 out of 65
Avg (all users): 6.8889
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 6.2692
Avg (non-participants): 7.0254
Views since voting: 1580
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 144
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/26/2011 01:23:05 AM
Love the colors!!! Congrats on the front page!
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07/25/2011 07:43:43 PM
Great, a personal best! Nice to know I'm getting better. At this rate, I should be up to KarenNfld's skill level in about 10 years :).

I know its a snail, not an insect. The tutorial still applied. Several people got caught up in the entomology rather than the photography. No problem if they also commented on the photo. Thanks for those comments. But to those who only commented on the fact that its not an insect - come on! It's not like it was a tutorial on photographing elephants. Most of the tutorial applied. And I learned about compostion, shutter speed, ISO, and off-camera lighting for photographing bugs, insects, snails etc. Isn't that the important part?

Next goal 7.0

Thanks again.

Message edited by author 2011-07-26 02:46:59.
07/25/2011 02:19:06 PM
Congrats on your personal best!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2011 09:28:35 PM
Eh? This is not an insect! Good photo though
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07/22/2011 05:15:49 PM
love the composition
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07/19/2011 06:45:19 PM
Where is this tutorial? Results are great.
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07/19/2011 07:08:38 AM
Nicely done. I like the soft coloring.
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07/18/2011 11:54:59 PM
.. and snails, what ever the hell they are, which is photogenic; great flowers as well.
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07/18/2011 02:10:08 PM
Where's the insect?
07/18/2011 01:03:17 PM
This must have been a very good tutorial. Nice capture!
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07/18/2011 11:39:44 AM
As I am sure others have probably already pointed out, snails aren't technically insects. Regardless, this has no effect how I am socring it. I like the colors in the shell and flower.
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07/18/2011 08:34:13 AM
Yes, but where are the insects?
07/18/2011 12:31:36 AM
Sorry to say that you failed to photograph any insects. That's an outstanding image of a snail, though. ;-)
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